Two of the NYPD’s most dedicated canine instructors represented the department at the National Police Dog Field Certifications. The United States Police Canine Association hosts this competition annually to bring together decades of experience in training and evaluating dogs. In order to qualify for the certifications, trainers must meet top scores in their regional field trials. The highest ranking teams from each region are then invited to attend the National Police Dog Field Trials to compete with the best of the best.
Detective Wayne Rothschild and Detective Richard Geraci, of the NYPD Transit Bureau, spent countless hours tirelessly training to compete on this national stage. The competitors participate in a series of certifications that test the canine teams in obedience, agility, evidence recovery, suspect searches, and criminal apprehension. Police Officer Walter Connolly and his canine partner, Blue, who are assigned to the NYPD Emergency Service K9 also competed regionally in explosive detection.
While vying against some of the best canine teams in the country, our detectives displayed incredible ability and integrity. Detective Rothschild ranked 1st in the nation in agility, 2nd in the nation in obedience, and 3rd in the nation in suspect searches. He also ranked 5th overall nationally. Detective Geraci received the Bill Robinson Award in recognition of his incredible sportsmanship throughout the weeklong series of events.